2012-05-04 / Columnists

The Diary Of A Green Thumb

Colorful Blooming Plants Will Make This Mother’s Day Special!
Commentary By Danielle, Danielle’s Rockaway Florist

Blooming plants make great gifts for moms who enjoy gardening. So many colorful plants will soon be available so you will have a lot to choose from this Mother’s Day. A big part of enjoyment in the garden is the time away from it all! Avid gardeners take a break from cleaning, phone calls, and everyday chores for planting and pruning in the garden. After all, these wonderful little plants often grow to full, colorful blossoms that bring joy the whole family can share. Planting from seed may be a bit challenging, but no worries. Gorgeous hanging baskets and flats will give an immediate satisfaction once mom plants them.

Tomatoes, vegetables and fruit may be the perfect gift for the mother who likes to cook! This summer she may enjoy a fruit salad from the vines of grapes or strawberries she grew herself. We all know how different a dish can taste with fresh herbs. You can pile high different fruit and vegetable plants in a wicker basket and give your mom, the chef, the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Of course, being a good chef does not mean that she has much experience with gardening, but for the most part, plants need a little attention and a lot of love which moms are naturally good at!

The most common blooming plants we sell are geraniums and impatiens because they are easy to care for and have long lasting flowers. They are available in flats and small pots as well as deck planters that are already complete with an assortment of colorful plants and greens. Mom may want nothing more for Mother’s Day than to receive the gift of “spring,” and to plant a garden as a family. Together – Mom, Dad and the kids can share a fun project that everyone will enjoy!

Keep in mind that even with a low maintenance garden, some moms just don’t have the time to take care of these plants. If mom is always working, busy running around with the kids or traveling a lot, I would suggest surprising her with a vase of colorful fresh cut flowers. There are so many in season so there is almost no end to the possibilities. Bold gerbera daisies, cheerful lilies, tulips and iris are just a few to mention.

Lilacs, peonies and hydrangea are among the most popular here at the florist. Any combination you choose, fresh flowers are a sure way of putting a smile on mom’s face.

Now don’t forget, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13. Order early to be sure that mom receives her very favorite flowers for her garden or dining room table this Mother’s Day.

Please feel free to write to us with gardening questions or tips for our readers at: Danielle’s Rockaway Florist, 436 Beach 129 Street, Rockaway Park, NY 11694 or visit us on the web at www.DaniellesRockawayFlorist.com.

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